Creating an Actionable Net Zero Plan

actionable net zero plan

Creating an actionable Net Zero plan can seem a daunting task. However, it is necessary and achievable, when approached correctly.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, systematic scientific assessments since the 1970s have proven human activity has warmed our climate system. This has led to drastic and more frequent weather events, as well as rising sea levels.

Even more disturbing, the IPCC’s 2022 report suggests that unless all nations bring global net emissions to zero by 2050, these trends will intensify. This would lead to the irreversible loss of biodiversity and the ecosystems humans depend on.

Business Faces Increasing Challenges

Extreme weather events are already disrupting operations and supply chains. Resources are often scarce, labour even scarcer, and insurance costs are rising rapidly.

Additionally, government legislative changes are coming quickly to cut emissions in half by 2030 and to meet the 2050 Net Zero deadline. Consequently, compliance complexity is rapidly increasing, as are fines and penalties. Without additional resources, companies will struggle to keep pace.

Furthermore, environmental sustainability has become a major driver for consumers. Committing to Net Zero now is not only good for the planet, but also sales and profits. Rigorous, immediate action makes economic and reputational sense.

Clearly, global warming isn’t an issue any business can afford to ignore. However, achieving Net Zero isn’t a simple or straightforward matter most companies can tackle alone.

Net Zero Is About More Than Carbon

Certainly, companies must change how they operate to address Net Zero challenges. However, reducing greenhouse gas emissions often involves more than carbon dioxide emissions. Some emissions aren’t carbon dioxide based, but still contribute to greenhouse gases.

Examples include nitrous oxide and methane used in agriculture. If these emissions can’t be reduced, organisations must reduce their carbon emissions even further to compensate for higher non-carbon emissions. Fortunately, business can tap into science-based methods to reduce their carbon emissions.

Tapping into Technology

Switching to renewable energy sources is an obvious choice for emission reduction, but not the only one. Companies can reduce their emissions by managing their energy wisely too.

For instance, business can finetune their energy production, transmission, storage, and consumption. Disruptive technologies also have the potential to remove, capture, and store carbon dioxide.

Companies can also use disruptive technologies to improve building system efficiency and infrastructure. Eliminating waste and improving a business’ existing clean energy systems can also lower emissions.

Additionally, companies can utilize technology to finetune industrial processes, controls, software, and communications for reduced emissions and better energy utilization. They can also deploy improvements in real-time.

Finally, innovation can help business predict, estimate, and limit the impact of climate change. By collecting and utilizing data, companies are better prepared for the future.

As business disruptions increase and diversify, technology can be a valuable tool every company can use to their advantage. When implemented wisely, it offers a great return on investment and can help business meet ever-increasing Net Zero challenges.

Creating an Actionable Net Zero Plan

Even though companies realize they must change, it may seem an unwelcome financial burden, instead of a business opportunity. This is an unfortunate outlook. Change is inevitable and companies can either adapt now, or scramble to catch up later. Proactive change can be aligned with business strategy and priorities. Reactive change wastes resources and leads to fewer positive results.

Achieving an actionable Net Zero plan is possible. It requires robust data, expert advice, and access to suitable talent and technologies. Fortunately, EarlyBirds can help, no matter the business size.

We offer Subject Matter Experts and an expansive open innovation platform of new and disruptive technologies. We also offer unique programs for ad hoc or supplementary needs, as well as ongoing transformational support.

These resources can help your organisation create a roadmap to the best possible solutions, without wasting valuable resources. Let us help you create an actionable Net Zero plan, quickly and efficiently.

EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem

The EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem is a Business-to-Business portal connecting Innovators, Early Adopters, and Subject Matter Experts. Early Adopters are leaders or influencers in an organisation eager to identify new and disruptive technologies. They want to seize opportunities, solve business challenges, or create new products and services.

The Ecosystem has a data pool of over 4 million global innovations that may already address your carbon emission challenges. Alternatively, organisations can list their challenges and request Net Zero solutions from innovators.

EarlyBirds Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is tailored towards those who need innovation as a service to supplement existing innovation programs, or to conduct innovation projects when required.

EarlyBirds Challenger Program

The Challenger Program focuses on a single organisational or technical challenge. It looks for the most relevant innovators that meet your organisational, technical, and risk requirements.

The program is run by an EarlyBirds Subject Matter Expert who collects organisational requirements. The SME then searches the data pool to identify and curate options for further evaluation. The most suitable option is chosen and the SME drafts a roadmap of next steps, POC, trial, or implementation.


EarlyBirds can provide direction and expertise if your organisation needs to achieve Net Zero. We can find innovative solutions and connect your organisation to appropriate disruptive technology.

We help organisations find direction and accelerate their innovation, both within their silo and through external collaboration. Our expertise in Net Zero and cutting-edge carbon emission strategies extends to many sectors including Operations & Maintenance, Energy, Education, the Public Sector, and more.

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